Pete Davidson Reveals What He’s Learned from Dating So Many Women

Pete Davidson has had no shortage of beautiful and talented girlfriends, causing many to wonder just how he manages to hop from one relationship to another. In the new issue of Paper magazine, Davidson admits that he always puts his girlfriend first, even treating her “like a princess,” but sometimes that hasn’t worked out for him.

pete davidson
Pete Davidson | ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Davidson says he goes “above and beyond” when he’s dating

The Saturday Night Live star posed as a Ken doll for the magazine’s #BreaktheInternet issue and opened up about his relationship history.

He told the magazine: “My love language, when I’m in a relationship, is I treat the person I’m with like a princess.” He noted: “I try and go as above and beyond as possible, because that’s what you’re supposed to do? If you’re in a relationship with someone, you’re just supposed to make that person feel as special as possible.”

View this post on Instagram

Hey, Pete!

A post shared by Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) on

This approach hasn’t gone over well with everyone

Despite Davidson’s approach to treating the person he’s dating “like a princess,” he admits that it hasn’t worked out for him and it’s been “off-putting” to some of his now ex-girlfriends.

He shared: “Sometimes when you put so much on someone, it overwhelms them, and then they don’t know if they could come close to that. Or if they can keep up with it.”

Davidson added, “So, it’s very off-putting to some. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, and then it sometimes makes me feel bad about myself because I’m like, ‘I did all this stuff and…'”

He continued: “Now I’m just as private as possible. I’m as discreet as can be. I know now not to do PDA. I’m a very PDA [person], though. I’m a lovey person. I love licking faces.”

What he’s learned from past relationships

Davidson has had a pretty steady stream of girlfriends, including Larry David’s daughter, Cazzie David, who he dated for two years before they split in 2018. He went on to date and was engaged to Ariana Grande. After they called off the engagement, he went on to date Kate Beckinsale and Margaret Qualley and is now dating model Kaia Gerber.

The SNL star has learned quite a lot along the way, which he shared in the interview. The big takeaway, he says, is to have “no expectations.” He explained, “Otherwise you’re gonna be resentful. It’s something I had to learn in a past relationship, which sucked to learn through that person, but it makes you better. I used to get really upset that this person didn’t ‘match’ my intensity or how much I show by actions, you know? I’m not really good at accepting just words, ’cause people could say s**t all the time.”

He continued: “And this person was very word-heavy, so because of how insane I am, and how untrustworthy and scared I am, I couldn’t only take that… So, I had to learn that you just have to do stuff ’cause you want to do it.”

Another lesson he learned from his dating history is “that it’s nobody’s business.” As a celebrity who is dating other celebrities, it becomes difficult to keep your life private. He shared: “I think when you first get in a relationship and you’re on television, you don’t realize that when you post a photo of you and your girlfriend, you’re pretty much announcing to the world your relationship.”

He continued: “…you forget that you have to approach it differently, which is really difficult for both [people in the relationship], because the second [the public] knows you’re together, it’s already against you. You’re losing. Because now they know you’re together, if you’re not [seen together], they know something went wrong. As opposed to like… people date. People date and are friends.”

Davidson hopes Ariana Grande is happy

The comedian was, of course, asked about his whirlwind romance with Grande and his response seemed to indicate that things are good between them, as he wished her well.

He explained: “I don’t ever make public statements about relationships ’cause I just don’t think it’s right, you know? I usually express how I feel about anything through work. So, I hope she’s well. I hope she’s very happy. And that’s pretty much it. And print doesn’t usually age well.”